Art Journal - Botanical & Nature Sketches 5-22-2010 to Current - 38 WATERMARKLOQUAT LEAF – Autumn brings all sorts of beautiful fallen leaves, even here in Southern California.  I find it irresistable to pick up these leaves, which have a patina, worn character and a wabi-sabi quality of incredible beauty.  They make me think of the way my face is gaining character as I am aging.  Am I becoming a wabi-sabi person?  

Wabi-sabi (?) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.[1] It is a concept derived from the Buddhistteaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin?), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō?), the other two being suffering (苦 ku?) andemptiness or absence of self-nature (空 ?).

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetryasperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.  (Wikipedia)


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